– Jesus: Our Divine Advocate (Part 3)
JESUS ADVOCATES AND INTERVENES FOR US… at just the RIGHT TIME with just the RIGHT PERSON, for just the RIGHT PURPOSE.
The entire theme of the Bible is Jesus! In the book of Esther, we see Jesus as our advocate and intercessor. God is not a God of DEAD-ENDS, He is the God of crossroads and choices. God often does His greatest work in our deepest hurt. God will make a way when there seems to be no way.
In the book of Esther, as the Jews faced annihilation at the decree of the king, God did just this! In doing so, He went totally contrary to the culture of the day to accomplish His purpose. The pagan culture of Persia LOATHED JEWS and ABUSED WOMEN (and still does…). Yet, who does the Father put at the tip of the spear for “such a time as this?” A Jewish woman – beautiful, sweet, patient, strong Esther and her wise, godly uncle Mordecai!
God will intervene when there seems to be no way out, and God will intervene with just the right person, for just the right purpose, at just the right time. When we are at a dead-end or an impossible place in life, our Father always has the perfect person, perfectly positioned to perform His perfect plan in His perfect timing.
We may panic or worry ourselves sick, but God is in control – always. There is never any panic in heaven; only plans! As Adrian Rogers has said, “The Trinity never meets in emergency session.” At the impossible places of our lives, Jesus is our advocate and He will intervene.
Our responsibility is to focus on Him, trust Him, and obey Him. Sounds simple on paper! But, in real life situations, this is not the natural response of our human nature. It is so easy to focus on our fear and what we think should be done. Often impossible situations are God’s nudge to turn from ourselves to focus on Him, realizing we cannot resolve the situation in our own strength and must depend on Him to intervene as we go forward in obedience to His commands.
INTEGRATING TRUTH INTO EVERYDAY LIFE
In those dark, impossible places where our tendency is to worry, panic, or run, it is time to be still and know that God is God. He never panics. He has a plan. He loves you and is your heavenly advocate and will intervene for you. Remember: “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’” says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NKJV).